Wouldn't you know it, about the same time we published Philip Luty's
article "A Threat
to Freedom of Speech in England", which included his
request for donation to his family's Legal Defense Fund, his payment
service iKobo lost their merchant account contract with VISA. And
the donation-collection pages went away. In the last week or so
Phil and I have been scrambling to get him a new payment
collection service account up and running atYowCow. (Don't ask
me where they got that name!). Anyway, if you tried to make
a donation to help Phil and his family fight their "conspiracy to
manufacture firearms" charges, and found it didn't work, you can
now go to Phil's web site TheHomeGunsmith.com
or the above mentioned TLE article and do so.
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Letters to the Editor
Letters EJ Totty, and M.R. Chapel
Cross-Continent for a Cause
by C. D. Tavares
For a little over a week we've been hosting a Long Rider on a mission.
Skinny as a rail and pure cowboy to the toes of his boots, Texan Howard
Wooldridge is a retired cop on a cross-country ride from California to
Manhattan. He figures he'll get there by late October, maybe early
November. And this is not his first such trip.
Howard isn't crossing this continent just "because it's there"he's
making this ride on behalf of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.
LEAP is an association of current and retired police officers who
believe that America can best solve its national drug-crime problem
by ending drug prohibition, much as it solved its very first national
crime problem by ending alcohol prohibition. Howard's usual way of
putting it is to say he believes that the most productive way to
address drug use is through doctors and clinics, not judges and prisons.
by Jonathan David Morris
Occasionally I put a damper on a column. What I mean
is, sometimes I pick a topic because I think I'll have
fun writing about it, but then I write about it and
turn it into a sermon with a compulsive need to
mention "the government." I hate when I do this. I
found it hard to make fun of last year's election, for
instance, without thinking: "Oh, if only this were a
laughing matter." The problem is, I'm supposed to make
a point every time I write an article. And it's hard
to make a point without reading into things. Just
once, I'd like to write about something important
without trying to say something important about it.
Just once. Just for fun.
by Russell Moore
Recently, I tuned into "conservative" talk radio host
Michael Savage. This is not something I normally do, nor would I recommend
anyone else to do it regularly, but every once in a while I do listen to
the warmongering, state-worshiping blowhards, just to count the numerous
logical fallacies I hear. Also, listening to his stupidity and illogic
affirms my libertarian beliefs. Mostly, I do it in the spirit of Don Corleone
from The Godfather. I'm "keeping my enemies closer."
"Dignity, Honor and 'Da Butt Dance'"
by Doug Newman
(Warning: what follows may appear a bit risqué. However
it is not intended gratuitously. Rather, it is to illustrate a point about the
capabilities of government.)
After eight years of Clintonian debauchery, the election of George W. Bush
provided relief to many. How often have you heard that Our Great Christian
President has brought "dignity and honor" back to the Oval Office?
by Lady Liberty
I suspect there's not a person in the world with access
to mass media that doesn't know about the sad case of Terri Schiavo. And of
all of those people, I don't imagine there's a single one that doesn't have
a strong opinionone way or the otheron the matter. Here's mine....
Disability Must Be Defined Before Debated
by Wendy McElroy
The heart-wrenching death of Terri Schiavo has made
the issue of disability a matter of debate. Discussions range from living
wills to analyzing the quality of a disabled person's life.
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